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Uranus Is a Wonderland and We Should Go There

Uranus is tired of being the butt of your jokes—especially that one.<p>You see, Uranus is so sad and so very lonely; despite being discovered in 1781, …

Astronomy

Spotify's latest music documentary chronicles Green Day's rise

Spotify's <i>Landmark</i> music documentary series debuted back in August with four episodes on the early days of Metallic. Today, another installment is premiering on the streaming service and this time you'll get to relive the grungy angst of the early '90s with Green Day. The first episode is available …

Green Day

This is your brain on terrorism

Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably …

Space

You have to watch this little boy cover Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ - News - Alternative Press

You know how they say that anything you can do a little kid can do 10 times better and 100 times cuter? Well that continues to prove itself with this …

Will Humans Have to Upgrade Their Bodies to Survive on Mars?

Living and boning in space—particularly on Mars—has fascinated our degenerate species for decades. Recently, SpaceX founder Elon Musk decided to put …

Space Exploration

Here Are All the Science and Technology Initiatives Trump’s Budget Would Decimate

As expected, President Trump’s proposed budget is a nightmare for science, the environment, and parts of the technology industry. Welcome to the …

Climate Change

What’s on the Surface of Venus?

We’re always talking about Mars here on the Guide to Space. And with good reason. Mars is awesome, and there’s a fleet of spacecraft orbiting, …

Extraterrestrial Life

Pi Day 3/14/2017 - Venn Piagram

How Facebook, fake news and friends are warping your memory

Research on collective recall takes on new importance in a post-fact world.<p>Strange things have been happening in the news lately. Already this year, …

Psychology

I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside …

Religion

God Help Them, The Cleveland Browns Are Trying To Outsmart The NFL

Reaction to the Cleveland Browns’ surprising trade with the Houston Texans for Brock Osweiler Thursday ran the gamut from fulsome praise to “Bill …

NFL

Congress Warns Donald Trump: Stop Deleting Your Tweets

By doing so, Trump and his staff may be violating federal record keeping laws.<p>WASHINGTON ― When President Donald Trump or a member of his staff deletes a tweet, they may be violating federal law, two top congressmen warned the White House this week.<p>Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings …

Government

Some Thoughts on Fixing Obamacare – Shoot Holes in this Please

I’m not a healthcare policy expert. Not by a long shot. The challenges facing healthcare in this country are enormous. While I may not have answers, …

Health Care

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ reaches landmark achievement on Billboard charts

<b></b>Having celebrated its 25th-anniversary last fall, Nirvana's <i>Nevermind</i> has hit another huge milestone. The album has now marked its 350th …

Music

Which Cognitive Bias is Making NFL Coaches Predictable?

In football, it pays to be unpredictable (although the “wrong way touchdown” might be taking it a bit far.) If the other team picks up on an …

NFL

The official kilogram faces constant demand

A century after it was immortalised in metal, the kilogram is about to change. <b>Vishnu Vejayan</b> reports.

Physics

Mars is forming PLANETARY RINGS just like Saturn as its moons are CRUMBLING

Mars’s two moons are slowly disintegrating and the leftover debris could lead to rings around the planet.<p>Scientists believe that the two moons, …

My 7-year-old daughter Henry is transgender. She’d change Trump’s mind.

MINNEAPOLIS — Last spring, when I heard Donald Trump say that Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower, I breathed a sigh of relief. There weren’t many things Trump and I agreed on, but this was one. Surely, I hoped, if he became president, he would extend the same …

Transgender

“It’s f*cking stupid”: Laura Jane Grace on Trump’s transgender student action

<b></b>A punk rock and transgender figure, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has spoken on Trump's recent actions against transgender students in …

New York Times

Apollo 11's crew capsule is going on tour

The Apollo 11 space capsule was displayed around the country in 1970 and 1971, shortly after it safely brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins back from their iconic 1969 moon trip. Since then, the command module has lived in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Over the …

NASA

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.<p>In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his …

Pope Francis

Frances Bean pens a heartfelt note to her late father, Kurt Cobain, on his 50th birthday - UPDATED

<b></b><b>UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 20 at 4:25 p.m. EST</b>Frances Bean Cobain has now shared an emotional text message conversation with her grandmother, speaking …

Guilty Pleasures

KING: Donald Trump remains silent as white men terrorize America

A Florida man was arrested Thursday for a plot to plant bombs in Target stores up and down the East Coast. He had already made at least 10 improvised …

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.<p>It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist …

Robots

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My Greatest Loss

We had just stepped off the plane in Austin when the guy slipped me his card.<p>“If you ever need anything,” he said, “don’t hesitate to call.”<p>I didn’t …

New Year's Day

This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

Are we alone in the Universe? Humans have been asking that question for centuries, but only in the past few decades have we achieved the ability to …

President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing

Tune out the noise coming from the White House. So far, very little has actually happened.<p>Just weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, you would think that everything had changed. The uproar over the president’s tweets grows louder by the day, as does concern over the erratic, haphazard and …

Government